How to Test Your Family Legends with DNA

Posted by Ancestry Team on November 13, 2015 in AncestryDNA, Research, Research Helps

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Ross Curtis, Ph.D., Computational Biologist for AncestryDNA In family history, the myths are often more fun than the facts. Perhaps you have a few in your own family lore. Maybe it’s a story about your great-grandfather stowing away on a ship to come to America, or maybe it’s the… Read more

Fire and Devastation! Reconstructing World War II Service

Posted by Jennifer Holik on September 30, 2015 in Military Records, Research Helps

This is a guest post by Jennifer Holik. Myth and misunderstanding surround World War II records access and reconstruction due to the 1973 Fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. Eighty percent of the Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) were lost in the fire. Do not worry though… Read more

Don’t Suffer From Library Anxiety: How to Best Research in Libraries

Posted by Linda Barnickel on August 19, 2015 in Site, Research Helps

Guest Post by Linda Barnickel There’s a name for it. “Library anxiety.” We learned about this in library school. Symptoms: anxiety, uncertainty, sudden shyness, fear, worry that one might seem woefully ignorant, embarrassment, bewilderment, lack of confidence, and perhaps even shame that one should “know better” or already know the answers before the questions are… Read more

10 Places You Didn’t Think To Look

Posted by Ancestry Team on July 7, 2015 in Research Helps

There are a dozen good places to find a date of birth, but did you know some of those same resources could be holding much more difficult-to-come-by information, too? We all have our go-to sources for certain facts: census records for ages, relationships, and whereabouts; draft registration cards for addresses and next-of-kin; naturalization documents for… Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames Guide (A-Z)

Posted by Jessica Murray on June 29, 2015 in Research Helps

Over the last few months, we ran a series of blog posts that highlighted nicknames or alternate first names your ancestors may have used.  Whether you’re just beginning or a veteran in your family history research, we’ve all come across at least one ancestor referred to by a nickname in a public record. Before you… Read more

The Dreaded Brick Wall. What to do next?

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 28, 2014 in Site, Family Trees, Research Helps, Searching for Records, United Kingdom

The Dreaded Brick Wall   How can I get past a brick wall? When you run across a brick wall in your research, what do you do? You may be tempted to send your laptop on an expedition out of the first floor window, and who could blame you? A brick wall can be incredibly frustrating.… Read more

Welcome to the Palmetto State: South Carolina State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on May 2, 2014 in Research Helps

South Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies; it was the first state to secede from the Union and one of the first to rejoin the Union. First explored in the 1500s by the Spanish and French it was also later settled by the English, Dutch and Scots-Irish. Charles Town, first settled in 1680… Read more

6 Resolutions to Get Your Family History on Track in 2014

Posted by Juliana Szucs on January 3, 2014 in Site, Juliana's Corner, Research, Research Helps

As we enter a new year, there’s always a degree of uncertainty as to what lies ahead.  Resolutions really give you a chance to grab the wheel and chart a course that can help you for the better. When you take control and set goals, good things happen. Here are a few of the family… Read more

Is Your Family History Safe from Disaster?

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 18, 2013 in Juliana's Corner, Research Helps

As a life-long Midwesterner, I know that when the weatherman puts you in a high-risk zone for dangerous weather, you pay attention. It’s gonna get ugly. So yesterday morning when I woke to that big red high-risk bubble over Illinois and Indiana, I knew we had to hit the ground running. The little closet in… Read more

Major Milestones in Family History

Posted by Crista Cowan on October 10, 2013 in Site, Collections, Content, Family History Month, Research Helps

This month we are celebrating Family History Month. I hope you have enjoyed the tips, tricks and insider secrets we’ve been sharing here on the blog, on our Livestream broadcasts, and on our Facebook page. Look forward to even more genealogy goodness as the month continues. In the midst of all this celebrating, I thought… Read more